The Defence Secretary confirmed that he has scrapped the zero-tolerance approach to drug-taking in the armed forces, and commanding officers now have discretion.
As well as a response to the immediate crisis, we need to start planning ahead properly and routinely.
He wants to know why the Government did not take more steps to safeguard British shipping, including an apparent offer of US support.
The defence minister talks to Sophy Ridge about the mounting confrontation with Iran in the Strait of Hormuz.
Britannia ruled the waves because of our sailors and the ships they served in, built in Britain by a skilled workforce. This is how we build the Royal Navy.
We are providing funding to help service leavers to go to university, and scholarships for the children of those killed on duty.
We want to generate income, to help pay for local services – and drive economic growth, to create jobs and homes where people want them.
Is the Treasury up for funding and voters up for supporting the ideas he sketched out ealier this week?
These acts of remembrance may in some slight measure salve grief, and enable those who have not had to endure such things to give thanks for those who do.
At a ConHome conference interview yesterday, Williamson suggested we should do so if it will save or improve lives without disproportionate cost.
The MoD should use the opportunity of Brexit to reflect on whether EU competition rules should continue to apply to procurement.
It is rare to hear the defence establishment talking plainly about the need to protect Britain against external threats.
But it is important to acknowledge that there are growing concerns within Israel about the rise of antisemitism in Britain.
It is an extremely tough task to prepare to be a constitutional monarch, or indeed to take on the actual role.
The erroneous assumption that hostile states were no longer relevant has rightly been abandoned. Now our Armed Forces need the resources to meet the challenge.